National Leaders Convene To Identify Solutions To Improve Advanced Illness Care

  National Leaders Convene To Identify Solutions To Improve Advanced Illness

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29, 2013

C-TAC convenes first-of-its kind national summit to address one of the
nation's biggest health care concerns

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The 2013 National Summit
on Advanced Illness Care: A Roadmap for Transformation hosted by The Coalition
to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC) begins today in Washington, D.C. The
Summit—happening January 29-30— will tackle one of America's greatest
challenges: breaking through the many cultural, health system and policy
barriers to ensure that persons living with advanced illness receive the right
care at the right time and place. This summit will provide a forum where
innovators in policy and advocacy as well as nationally recognized health care
providers, faith leaders, patients and family members from across the nation
will discuss proven models of advanced illness care that put patients, their
families, and their wishes first.

"This Summit, for the first time ever, will provide the opportunity for a much
needed bipartisan conversation—how to make advanced care better in America,"
said Bill Novelli, Co-Chair of C-TAC, a professor at Georgetown's McDonough
School of Business and former CEO of AARP. "There is an urgent need for
leaders throughout health care to come together and substantially improve care
and support for people who are seriously ill. This Summit will address the
gaps in the system and provide answers, by advocating for and implementing
proven solutions."

A recent National Journal survey shows 93 percent of Americans say advanced
care should be a top priority for America's health care system. The nation
demands care that empowers patients to guide their care and decision-making,
improves their quality of life and most importantly honors their wishes and
their dignity. Research also has found that cultural and ethnic beliefs affect
how people make decisions about care for advanced illness. The highest quality
care for those who are seriously ill often goes well beyond a dialogue between
patients and health care providers, incorporating support from faith leaders
and family members, according to C-TAC.

"People living with advanced illness deserve all the support they can get
during their difficult journey. They need comprehensive, high-quality, person-
and family-centered care that will improve their quality of life and which is
consistent with their values and needs," said Tom Koutsoumpas, C-TAC Co-Chair
and Executive Director of the Mintz Levin Center for Health Law & Policy.
"That is why C-TAC members include not only major health systems but also
consumer and patient advocacy groups, provider and provider organizations
involved with hospice, palliative care, nursing homes, home health, and
hospitals, faith-based organizations, academia, the payer community, and many
others. Only by working together can we fix this dysfunctional system that is
creating unnecessary obstacles for patients and their loved ones."

"America's sickest and most vulnerable citizens are experiencing undue
challenges," said Brad Stuart, Chief Medical Officer, Sutter Care at
Home."The time to transform how we care for people in America who suffer from
illnesses such as heart disease, cancer and COPD is now. This Summit is just
the start of identifying what needs to be done to improve the entire

Summit Speakers will include industry leaders such asU.S. Sen. Blanche
Lincoln (D-AR); Mark McClellan, M.D., former administrator, Centers for
Medicare & Medicaid Services; Judith Salerno, M.D., executive officer,
Institute of Medicine; Leonard Schaeffer, former chair and CEO, WellPoint;
Nancy Brown, CEO, American Heart Association; Jennie Chin Hansen, CEO,
American Geriatrics Society; Susan Dentzer, editor-in-chief, Health Affairs,
among many more.

C-TAC is a non-profit, non-partisan organization based in Washington, D.C.,
Co-Founded by Bill Novelli, Professor, McDonough School of Business at
Georgetown University and Tom Koutsoumpas, Executive Director, Mintz Levin
Center for Health Law & Policy. C-TAC is funded in part by grants from the
Peter G. Peterson Foundation and The SCAN Foundation and the support of
members. Visit for a list of C-TAC members, the C-TAC
action plan, and more information on the organization. Follow @CTACorg on


Contact: Kendra Kojcsich, Porter Novelli, +1-202-973-2919,
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